When the Santa Ana winds kick up the dust here in Southern California, I’m reminded of a quote by the poet T.S. Eliot: “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”
In far too many American cities, it’s a common sight: the quickly formed, temporary lakes and rivers that pop up after a good-sized downpour. These “waterways” run alongside urban streets, sometimes engulfing entire lanes, and surprising motorists who go splashing through them. They’re formed by overwhelmed sewer systems, their grates and inlets clogged with leaves and trash.
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